Pongaroa Station restoration project update

Pongaroa Station is undertaking a large scale restoration programme. This winter, 15 ha of land will be retired including two significant tributaries to the Whangawehi stream. These two retirement projects include native bush blocks that will be protected under a Queen Elizabeth covenant. The Top Wainui bush block will also be fenced off and protected. The level of protection around the Ormond bush block (by the woolshed) owned by George Ormond and Pongaroa Station will be improved with a deer fence being added on top of the existing fence. More work is planned in the Wai nui catchment so watch this space.

Flight over the Pongaroa Station Bush

Whakarae visits Whangawehi

On Tuesday the 26th of February 2019, Whakarae Henare from Nga Whenua Rahui came to Taharoa to meet with Sue O’Brien and discuss further work.

Whakarae explained that the new grant requires the land retired to be covenanted depending on the status of the land this can be either a Conservation agreement, a kawenata or a Management agreement. Whakarae had a look at the new project happening in the Mangatupae stream with 15 ha in the process of being retired and planted.

Thank you Whakarae for coming to our rohe and spending some time with us. I am sure you will be back soon. Nga mihi nui kia koe Whakarae mo te haere mai me to tautoko. Kei te tumanako matou ki te kite ano ia koe.

Pongaroa Station signing

We are delighted to announce that Pongaroa Station have signed the conservation management agreement.  This covenant agreement is an important way of protecting funder investment for a 25 year period.  Pongaroa Station are the third landowners to sign the agreement and significant in terms of their land size.  Pongaroa station have signalled their commitment to more conservation work by involving the QE2 Trust.  The station is currently investigating retiring and fencing off 40 hectares of native bush blocks around the farm with the assistance of QE2.  Watch the space over the next few years…

Planting day going ahead

Hi all,

The planting day on Okepuha Station is going ahead with some good weather hopefully.

Date : 17th of June 2017

Location : Okepuha Station 1782 Mahia East Coast Road

See flyer attached : WhangawehiPlanting2017

Please give me a call if you need any more information.

Thank you for your support.



Okepuha station update

The restoration project on Okepuha Station is well underway. Last Friday, the digger operator was blading several fence lines and installing a few culverts. The fencing gear is already on site and the spraying completed. We just need some good weather to allow the fencer to get started.

Well done to all the contractors for doing their best to keep the project on track.

Community support for a walkway/cycleway at Whangawehi

Kia ora koutou,

As you all know, the WCM group has been working collaboratively with Marae, Landowners and agencies to protect and enhance the water quality of the Whangawehi stream for 4 years. This has resulted in a number of positive social and environmental outcomes. The group established  135 000 native trees over the past 3 winters and retired  42 ha of riparian margins and 5 ha of native forest. Other milestones include the construction of a shelter with some public facilities.

The WCMG would like to share the benefits of the work done with all New Zealanders via the development of a formalised walkway. The group has been working with the New Zealand Access Commission to progress further the vision but we need a strong community support to carry it out successfully.

Could you please send me a letter or an email of support that I could use during my discussions with landowners, agencies and potential sponsors in order to leverage further support.

Thank you very much for your help.

Nga mihi nui kia koutou

Nic Caviale Delzescaux : caviale@hbrc.govt.nz

Trap lines along the Whangawehi stream

The recent trap checks along the Whangawehi river was quite encouraging with 4 hedgehogs and one rat caught on Grandy Lake Forest and two hedgehogs caught on Pat and Sue O’Brien.

Traps are monitored every second week and rebaited with deshydrated rabbit meat. The data is logged into a custom made booklet and kills are entered by the landowners into a data base (cloud application : trap.org.nz). Monthly reports are presented to the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group Committee and Hawkes Bay Regional Council.